One of the biggest dangers on Massachusetts roads today is distracted driving. With so many things competing for a driver’s attention, it’s no surprise distracted driving accidents are on the rise throughout the U.S. As states pass laws to curb dangerous driving behavior, safer choices behind the wheel can prevent distracted accidents from ever happening.
According to a joint study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the most common cause of accidents was due to cell phone use.
To protect yourself and others, take the following steps provided by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA):
Turn it off. Cell phones are at the top of the distraction list, taking a driver’s eyes, hands, and attention away from the road. Before starting the car, turn your cell phone off or switch it to silent mode.
Prepare before you go. If you are traveling to a new location, be sure to review the directions beforehand to have a clearer idea of where you are headed, even if you use a GPS device.
Focus on driving. No matter how many years of driving experience you may have, it is never a good idea to multi-task behind the wheel. Avoid texting, drinking, eating, grooming, or smoking until you’ve reached your destination.
Many families in Massachusetts have lost loved ones in auto accidents that could have been avoided if the other driver had simply paid attention to the road. If you have been injured or lost someone you care about in a distracted driver collision, the Beverly based Law firm of David M. Gabriel and Associates can help you hold the responsible party accountable and get you the compensation you deserve for your losses.